Parvatamalai Trek, After so many debates and discussions, a group of ten decided to go for the trek to Parvatamalai. Stop. Underline the word decided. But only three of us made it. (Others had their own stories. Well you know the usual stuff… not well… Tired… Sleepy …Brother’s marriage, etc. etc.) So we three decided to make this trek. I got down in Chengam (a few kms before thiruvannamalai) and took another bus to Kadaladi. The sign board, “Parvatagiri welcomes you” directed me the way to go. Two other friends of mine joined the trek here in the foothills. We had our dinner at 7.30 p.m. and started our journey at 8.
It was a full moon with a lunar eclipse and I personally was certain that we should do this trek on this moon light. (Looks like a few hundred people decided the same too. The crowd was big). It is a 3 and a half hour trek at a moderate phase. It also drizzled a bit and that felt like a welcome shower.
The Kadaparai Paada (Huge rock way) was more arduous and was like one that I have never done before. Once we reached the summit and looked down at the city and the lights in that moonlit night. OH MY GOD!!! I cannot trade that moment with anything else. The speciality of this temple is that there is no priest in the temple at the peak (though there are priests at the foothills). You can do your own offerings and be there to meditate. That is bliss. We came down the peak and reached the foothills around 6.30 A.M.
It was definitely a journey to remember. I am now longing to go back to this place during day light. Hahaha.. So are you up for it..? Let’s go…
What is Parvatamalai ? – The word Parvat means a mountain and the word “malai” also means a mountain in Tamil. So this is the King (ok… I heard you… Queen) of mountains when translated literally.
The temple is 2000 years old and people are worshiping this temple for more than 500 years according to the Temple priest. Thiruvannamalai a city near this place is known as a Panchaboothasthala (with Fire as the element here) and is very famous as people do the Girivalam (going around the mountain, a14 Kms stretch by foot). When we heard about this place and the difficulty level, we somehow wanted to make this trek happen. It’s a Shaivite temple and HARA HARA MAHADEVA!! We started our journey.
Parvathamalai is located at ”Thenmahadevamangalam ” village, which is about 20 kms off Polur. Polur is some 35 kms north of Thiruvannamalai dist. There are two ways of doing this trek.
Plan A – From Kadaladi (a difficult route)
Plan B – via thenmathimangalam village (supposed to be a long route but more of plains)
How to reach Parvatamalai?
The nearest railway station is Thiruvannamalai. The nearest airport is at Chennai, which is located 172 km from this town. Buses are available to kadaladi and thenmathimangalam.
What to see in Parvatamalai Trek?
Mallikarjuna temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) with Brahmaraambika as his consort.
MounaGuru ashram at the beginning of the trek
To trek on huge rocks with Iron rod steps, ladders and tracks which makes it adventurous. The Kadapaarai padha( Bigrock way) is the toughest part of the trek.
Who Can go to Parvatamalai Trek?
Anyone who is alive. Well… when we trekked we saw people from age groups ranging from a toddler to a 92 year old granny. So, if you have the juice in you with devotion you certainly can make it.
What’s the story?
One legend says that, Lord Shiva when reaching Thiruvannamalai stepped on this place. The other legend says that when Hanuman was carrying his Sanjeevini, a drop of it fell here making this a place full of herbs.
People say that Siddars (Yogis) still do live here and make their presence felt in all ways possible to those that are devoted.
Having been a place with herbs you can look out for refreshments in the form of herbal vadas and sukku coffees. (Definitely refreshing.. hmmmm…)
When can someone go for this trek?
Well.. Technically any weekend would do. Pournami or full moon nights make it very special.
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